Poetry Competitions, Submissions & Opportunities – October 2019

Autumn is officially here, and in Ireland we’re battening down the hatches against the arrival of Hurricane Lorenzo. What better way to spend the blustery evenings than checking out over 120 poetry competitions, writing submissions and opportunities open or with deadlines in October 2019?!

October also brings the Red Line Book Festival 2019 where I’ll be hosting a discussion on How to Get Ahead in Poetry (tickets still available here) featuring Irish poetry publishers Salmon Press, Doire Press and Gallery Press, as part of Poetry Night on Weds 9th October.

If you’re an emerging poet and have a burning question about any aspect of poetry and publishing, send me a message or fire me a tweet over on Twitter, and tag it #redlinepoetry. I’ll put the best questions to our experts on the night.

After the panel, the results of this year’s poetry competition will be announced with the winners reading their work. It promises to be a great night!

maxresdefaultI’m also facilitating a poetry workshop on Sat 12th OctoberSo You Think Your Poem is Ready to Publish? – with a focus on honing work for submitting to journals and competitions. The workshop is now fully booked and a waiting list is in operation.

There was a great response to this workshop at the Bray Literary Festival last weekend and I’m looking forward to spilling the poetry submission beans with another group of writers. If you’re organising a literary event in Ireland or are part of a poetry group and would like to arrange a reading or a workshop session, I’m already booking events for 2020 so please drop me a line!

Whatever you’re up to in October, keep writing and best of luck with your poetry submissions. If you appreciate the monthly list and would like to support it, consider making a small donation via the Paypal donation button (right) and/or share the link on your own blog or social media pages. Thank you!

October 2019

Funicular Magazine – Poetry, Flash, Fiction – closes 1 Oct (submit online)

Kenyon Review – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Essays & more – closes 1 Oct (submit online)

Peter Porter Poetry Prize – Poetry – closes 1 Oct (submit online)

Storyscape Journal – Poetry, Fiction, Art – closes 1 Oct (submit online)

The Missouri Review’s Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction – closes 1 Oct (submit online)

The Selkie Anthology – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, theme: Home (marginalised or under-represented writers only) – closes 1 Oct (submit online)

Vermont Studio Centre Fellowships – All writers & artists – closes 1 Oct (submit online)

ctrl+v – Collage (poetry/art/sound) – closes 2 Oct (submit online)

Allingham Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 3 Oct (submit online)

Speak Your Truth for National Poetry Day – Poetry video – closes 3 Oct (submit online)

The Aryamati Poetry Prize – Poetry – closes 3 Oct (submit online)

The Word Poetry Competition – Poetry, theme: ‘Light in our Darkness’ – closes 3 Oct (submit online)

Dalkey Creates Writing Festival Competitions – Poetry, Fiction – closes 6 Oct (submit online)

Greywood Arts Residency – Poetry, Fiction – closes 6 Oct (submit online)

Porridge Magazine – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Non-fiction & more – closes 6 Oct (submit online)

Waltham Forest Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 7 Oct (submit online)

The Wild Word – Poetry, Flash, theme: Monster – closes 9 Oct (submit online)

Abridged 0-58: Kassandra – Poetry, Art – closes 11 Oct (submit online)

The Honest Ulsterman – Poetry, Fiction, Critical Writing – closes 12 Oct (submit online)

Art Omi Writers Residency – All genres (published only) – closes 15 Oct (submit online)

Nightblock – Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction & more – closes 15 Oct (submit online)

Palette Previously Published Poem Prize – Poetry (3no. poems max. – published in print or online) – closes 15 Oct (submit online)

RHINO Founders Prize – Poetry – closes 15 Oct (submit online)

Split Lip Magazine Poetry Contest – Poetry – closes 15 Oct (submit online)

The Penn Review 2019 Prizes – Poetry, Fiction – closes 15 Oct (submit online)

Visual Verse – Poetry, Flash, Non-Fiction – closes 15 Oct (submit online)

Berkeley Poetry Review – Poetry, Art, theme: Circuits (experimental) – closes 17 Oct (submit online)

Saboteur Awards – Proposals for panels, workshops and performance in Poetry, Fiction, Spoken Word – closes 18 Oct (submit online)

The Ogham Stone – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-fiction and more – closes 18 Oct (submit online)

BHAC 2019 Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 20 Oct (submit online)

The Bangor Literary Journal Halloween Ekphrastic Challenge – Micro-Poetry, Flash – closes 21 Oct (submit online)

Troubadour Poetry Prize – Poetry – closes 21 Oct (submit online)

The Stony Thursday Book – Poetry – closes 23 Oct (submit online)

The A3 Review – Poetry, Flash, Art, theme: Trees – closes 26 Oct (submit online)

Middleground – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction (writers of mixed race only) – closes 28 Oct (submit online)

Book of Kells Competition – Poetry, Fiction, Artwork – closes 30 Oct (submit online)

Anomaly – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Comics & more, theme: Queering in Plain Sight, Queer Fashion – closes 31 Oct (submit online)

Banshee – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Essay – closes 31 Oct (submit online)

Bedford International Writing Competitions – Poetry, Fiction – closes 31 Oct (submit online)

Cannon Poets Sonnet or Not Poetry Prize – Poetry – closes 31 Oct (submit online)

Columbia Journal – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction – closes 31 Oct (submit online)

Frontier Poetry New Voices Fellowship – Poetry (emerging writers from under-represented communities) – closes 31 Oct (submit online)

Goat’s Milk – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Art & Photography – closes 31 Oct (submit online)

Indiana Review – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Art – closes 31 Oct (submit online)

Lunch Ticket – Poetry, Fiction, Flash – closes 31 Oct (submit online)

National Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 31 Oct (submit online)

Nine Arches Press – Poetry manuscript (20 poems) – closes 31 Oct (submit online)

Red Hen Press Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award – Poetry manuscript (48-96 pages) – closes 31 Oct (submit online)

Splonk – Prose poetry, Flash – closes 31 Oct (submit online)

The Columbia Review – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Art & more – closes 31 Oct (submit online)

The Interpreter’s House – Poetry, Fiction – closes 31 Oct (submit online)

The Pangolin Review Poetry Prize – Poetry – closes 31 Oct (submit online)

Tupelo Press Sunken Garden Poetry Prize – Poetry manuscript (20-36 pages) – closes 31 Oct (submit online)

Bat City Review – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Art – closes 1 Nov (submit online)

Foglifter – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Cross-genre (LGBTQ+) – closes 1 Nov (submit online)

Poets in Pyjamas – Poetry – closes 1 Nov (submit online)

Puddock Haiku Journal – Haiku – closes 1 Nov (submit online)

The Adroit Journal – Poetry, Fiction, Art – closes 1 Nov (submit online)

The Blue Nib – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Reviews – closes 1 Nov (submit online)


Ó Bhéal Five Words – Poetry – deadline each week, annual prize (submit online)

Rattle: Poets Respond – Poetry, theme: current events – deadline each week (submit online)


Francis Ledwidge International Poetry Award – Poetry, Fiction – closes 4 Nov (submit online)

The White Review Poet’s Prize – Poetry (5-10 pages) – closes 7 Nov (submit online)

Cordite Review 94: Earth – Poetry, Flash – closes 10 Nov (submit online)

Crab Creek Review – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction – closes 15 Nov (submit online)

Sonder – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Essay – closes 16 Nov (submit online)

2 Elizabeths – Poetry, Fiction, Flash – open (submit online)

400 & Falling Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Translation, Artwork (emerging writers) – (submit online)

Acumen – Poetry – open (submit online)

Agenda – Poetry, Essays, Reviews – open (submit online)

Amaryllis – Poetry – open (submit online)

Apple Picking Press – Poetry – open (submit online)

A New Ulster – Poetry, Fiction, Artwork – open (submit online)

Antiphon – Poetry – open (submit online)

Apartment Poetry – Poetry – open (submit online)

Atrium – Poetry – open (submit online)

Bear Review – Poetry, Fiction, Essays, Artwork – open (submit online)

Brittle Star – Poetry, Fiction – open (submit online)

By and By Poetry – Poetry – open (submit online)

Carve Magazine – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction – open (submit online)

Cheat River Review – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Non-Fiction – open (submit online)

Disclaimer Magazine – Poetry, Fiction, Journalism, themes: Politics, Economics, Art – open (submit online)

Driftwood Press – Poetry, Fiction, Literary Criticism – open (submit online)

Fields Magazine – Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Artwork – open (submit online)

FIVE:2:ONE – Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Artwork by underrepresented writers (POC, LGTBQ, non-binary, neurodivergent, trauma survivors etc.) – open (submit online)

GFT Press – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Non-fiction – open (submit online)

Gravel – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Creative Non-Fiction, Artwork – open (submit by post)

Guernica – Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Photo Essays – open (submit by post)

HCE Review – Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Photo Essays – open (submit online)

Hosking Houses Trust Residencies – Women writers over 40 (all genres – must have contract to publish / broadcast / perform) – open (submit online)

I Am Not A Silent Poet – Poetry, theme: protesting abuse – open (submit online)

Idler – Poetry, Fiction, Essays – open (submit online)

Inside the Bell Jar – Poetry, Fiction, theme: mental illness – open (submit online)

Irish Literary Review – Poetry – open (submit online)

Lighthouse Literary Journal – Poetry & Short Fiction – open (submit online)

LitMag – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction, Essays – open (submit online)

Memorius – Poetry, Fiction – open (submit online)

New Contrast – Poetry, Fiction – open (submit online)

Noepe Center Residency Program – Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Memoir, Plays – open (submit online)

One – Poetry, a single poem – open (submit online)

PANK – Poetry – open (submit online)

Poetry Ireland Review – Poetry – open (submit by post)

Poetry Salzburg – Poetry – open (submit by post or online)

Peepal Tree Press – Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction manuscripts from Black & Caribbean writers – open (submit online)

Rattle – Poetry – open (submit by post and online)

Riggwelter – Poetry, Short Fiction, Visual Art – open (submit online)

Shakespeare & Co Tumbleweeds Residency – all writers – open (submit online)

South Bank Poetry – Poetry – open (submit online)

Spry Literary Journal – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Creative Non-fiction, Artwork – open (submit online)

Squawk Back – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Reviews, Plays – open (submit online)

Stepaway Magazine – Poetry, Flash Fiction, theme: walking in the city – open (submit online)

The American Journal of Poetry – Poetry – open (submit online)

The Brooklyn Quarterly – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Translation, Humour – open (submit online)

The Cardiff Review – Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Flash (preference given to students and unpublished graduates of Creative Writing, English Literature & Journalism) – open (submit online)

The Collapsar – Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction – open (submit online)

The Curlew – Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, theme: the natural world – open (submit online)

The Curly Mind – Poetry, theme: experimental – open (submit online)

The Ellis Review – Poetry, published weekly – open (submit online)

The Galway Review – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Reviews, Plays – open (submit online)

The Great American Literary Magazine – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Reviews, Plays – open (submit online)

The Lake – Poetry – open (submit online)

The Lascaux Review – Poetry, Fiction, Essays – open (submit online)

The MacGuffin – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction, Artwork – open (submit online)

The Missouri Review – Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction – open (submit online)

The Next Review – Poetry, Fiction, Reviews – open (submit online)

The Nottingham Review – Poetry & Fiction – open (submit online)

The Ofi Press Magazine – Poetry & Short Fiction – open (submit online)

The Poetry Village – Poetry – open (submit online)

The Quill Magazine – Poetry, Prose, All Genres (new writers only) – open (submit online)

The Sea Letter – Poetry, Fiction, Artwork – open (submit online)

The Selkie – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Features (marginalised and/or under-represented voices incl. women (or identify as), people of colour, immigrants, LGBTQIA+, neurodivergent and more) – open (submit online)

The Southeast Review – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction, Reviews, Artwork – open (submit online)

The Sun Magazine – Poetry, Fiction, Essays, Interviews – open (submit online)

Three Drops From a Cauldron – Poetry, Flash, theme: Myth, Folklore, Fables, Fairytales – open (submit online)

Tinderbox Poetry Journal – Poetry – open (submit online)

Vending Machine Press – Poetry, Flash, Memoir, Non-Fiction, Essay – open (submit online)

Wildness – Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction – open (submit online) Best of luck!

If you have a competition or journal with a deadline in October 2019, and it is not included above, feel free to add the details with a link in the comments section below!

(Illustration by Nicole Ray via Etsy)


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